A centre which faced closure after the council decided to stop running it is going from strength to strength six months after a new team came in to run it.
People who attend Glamis Hall in Wellingborough still thank members of the committee who fought to save the hall when Wellingborough Council decided to close it.
I can’t believe how far we have come and what we have done since thenHeather Saunders
It comes after the Glamis Hall For All committee fought to take over the centre and got the keys in January.
Six months on, they have more than 40 volunteers who help provide numerous services from the centre on the Queensway estate.
They provide a lunch club and VIP Club Monday to Friday, with more than 130 people aged 50 and over attending these on a regular basis.
Referrals are coming in from local healthcare professionals for the clubs and several new people come along each week.
Heather Saunders from Glamis Hall For All said: “12 months ago we had the letter to say it was closing.
“I can’t believe how far we have come and what we have done since then.”
As well as the lunch and VIP clubs, martial arts classes are held at Glamis Hall two nights a week, there is football training once a week and a new youth club for children aged 12 to 18 is starting next week.
Those visiting the centre are able to use various services, including the hairdresser and podiatrist.
There have also been several one-off occasions where the hall has been hired out for meetings and parties, which is just one of the many ways in which the centre is trying to be more involved with the community and be a community hub for those living in and around the area.
A craft fair held by the centre in May raised £800, with more events lined up for the coming months including their first family festival from 11am until 3pm on Saturday, July 25.
Entry is free, but child passes are available for £3 for youngsters to take part in a range of fun activities on the day.
All money raised by the events goes into the running of Glamis Hall.
Heather said: “When you come in and see all the happy faces, a nice relaxed atmosphere and people having fun, that is the big thing for me.
“The perception of a day centre for the elderly is people sitting around looking at the wall, but it is absolutely not like that here at all.
“They have fun, they have a laugh and it can get quite raucous at times, it is really good fun.”
Heather said they have had great support from numerous groups and individuals, including Hatton Park Rotary Club, and they are hoping to grow in the future.
As well as increasing numbers, a report presented to Wellingborough Council last week said their plans for the building include erecting a fence, replacing the roof, installing solar panels and putting in a new floor in the hall.
For more information about Glamis Hall and its services go to www.glamishall.org.uk.
If you would like to volunteer to help out, including cleaning, driving or just sitting talking to the clients, call the centre on 01933 677326.
Heather would also like to hear from any retired chefs who may be able to help out with holiday cover from July 27 for two weeks.